AERO Technical Standards

Our program technical standards have been developed to help students understand the minimum essential mental, physical, and behavioral skills necessary for participation in and completion of all core aspects of our curriculum.

  General Specific
Thinking Skills Apply principles of electricity, applied math, and applied physics to conduct proper airframe and powerplant maintenance.
  • Read, understand and use Federal Aviation Regulations, technical manuals, and aircraft drawings.
  • Identify types of aircraft and related components.
  • Assess the operation and construction of aircraft components and systems.
  • Measure and calculate electrical power.
  • Comprehend aircraft components and systems sufficiently to maintain, troubleshoot, repair, and return them to service standards.
Sensory/Observation Skills Inspect external and internal structures, engines, and other operational and safety systems for indicators of problems.
  • Determine readings on meters, gauges, and other measurement devices.
  • Recognize and interpret auditory signals and warning devices.
  • Distinguish identifying colors of wires, knobs and other parts.
  • Recognize and interpret colors and textures of residue on parts.
  • Detect and respond to sensory cues that indicate problems.
  • Survey and select appropriate materials, tools and equipment for maintenance and repairs.
Motor Skills Possess sufficient physical strength, flexibility, and dexterity to operate, repair, and maintain aircraft.
  • Ground operate and move aircraft.
  • Do mechanical drawing.
  • Fabricate sheet metal structures.
  • Manipulate tools, measuring devices, small parts, and equipment appropriately.
  • Work in confined spaces.
  • Work at varying heights.
  • Lift and transport equipment and materials as necessary.
Communication Skills Communicate effectively to gather and convey information.
  • Read, write, speak, and understand English as required by FAA standards.
Behavioral Skills Behave appropriately and safely in a shared learning environment.
  • Work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Work cooperatively with partners and groups.
  • Follow through with individual and shared responsibilities in a timely manner.
  • Exercise good judgement.
  • Follow safety procedures.
Environmental Tolerance Function safely in a typical aircraft hangar.
  • Work for prolonged periods amidst: Extreme noise, Extreme heat, Sharp tools and materials, Electrical equipment, Chemicals and toxins, Dust and fumes, Machinery with moving parts, Moving objects and vehicles, Ladders and scaffolding, Slippery or uneven surfaces, Variations in lighting

Disability Accommodations

We have developed our technical standards in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. We will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. If you are interested in our program, we encourage you to review these technical standards and course information at to decide whether this program is right for you.

If you have questions about this program, please call the Honolulu CC Counseling Office at 845-9129. Individuals with hearing impairments may call 845-9270 (v/t) or use the Telecommunication Relay Service at 1-877-447-5990.

If you have questions about disability access and accommodations, please direct them to Honolulu CC's Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at 845-9282 (v/t), 845-9272 (v/t), or e-mail